5 Questions: Video Game Addiction, Time Blocking, and 14-Hour Work Days (Ep. 218)

Yo! We’re back again this week to answer five questions from our listeners, readers, and viewers.

We’ll be talking about these fine topics (along with any we ramble our way into in between):

  • All of my time is going toward games like DotA2, WoW, and CS: GO. I want to quit, but I can’t help it. How can I get my time back?
  • What should you do if you can’t finish something you’ve scheduled in a time block?
  • How can I reach a point where I’m working 14 hours a day? I want to be very productive.
  • My lectures and classes don’t have a mandatory attendance, as they can all be watched online. Considering I live an hour from campus, I find it difficult to find motivation to actually attend university at all, and I think this is impacting my social life.
  • I’m having a hard time getting over analysis paralysis and making progress on my own goals. I see so many young podcasters, bloggers, and entrepreneurs with a specific focus and brand, but I still can’t really discern a focus for myself. How can I stop being so focused on other people and move forward?

If you’d like to have your questions answered on the podcast or anywhere else, feel free to let us know. I’m @yomartholomew on Twitter and Instagram, and Thomas can be found at @tomfrankly on Twitter and Instagram as well.

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  • 0:09:08 – Quitting a video game addiction
  • 0:18:42 – Not being able to finish something that you planned
  • 0:22:42 – Being very productive is not always a good thing
  • 0:25:38 – Sponsor: Hover (Buying a domain name)
  • 0:28:09 – Survivorship bias and looking at what successful people do
  • 0:34:34 – Getting more work done and persevering when it gets hard
  • 0:41:54 – Making it easier to attend classes and events
  • 0:48:37 – Making progress on your goals
  • 0:58:24 – Conclusion

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